Bucket Lists and Drinking Games

For some reason my last post, “Island Adventures and Hidden Lagoons” struggled when it went live. I’m not quite sure what happened, but if you didn’t get a chance to read about our adventure to Ang Thong National Marine Park head over and take a look.

Now on to your regularly scheduled Bucket List update:

When I added “travel to a remote island” to my bucket list early last year, I thought about what makes a “remote island” remote. The world is flat (according to Friedman) and is shrinking with each passing day, and realistically, depending on your location in the world, that remote island may not be so remote after all.

So, after considering different aspects of the word “remote,” I decided that a remote island this time around was somewhere far away from “home” to us; and in order to make it feel even more remote, I added an additional challenge in that the remote island could not have an airport. Flying into a location is easy, and I wanted something a little more challenging.

Who wants to play a drinking game with the word “remote.” 😉 That’s ten so far… Bottoms Up!

Remote Island

Koh Tao first peaked my interest when I began reading about all of the incredible diving around its shores–it’s a mecca for divers thanks to the calm waters and great visibility, and it just so happens to be one of the cheapest places in the world to learn how to scuba dive (if any of you are interested). 🙂 I soon found out that the island is only eight square miles–Eight–think about how SMALL that is; I don’t know about you, but there’s something about tiny tropical islands surrounded by the sea that draw me in and make me feel like I Must.Visit.Now.

There is no airport on this tiny rock in the sea, so if you want to visit you’ve got to catch a ferry. Our journey to Koh Tao only took one taxi ride, a two-hour flight, followed by a 13-hour flight, another three-hour flight, one quick 45 minute flight, a 20 minute bus ride, and finally, a two-hour boat ride…

As we stepped off the Lomprayah Pier and looked North towards Sairee Beach, we knew that we were ready for our next adventure…

15 Comments

  1. gmroeder
    July 2, 2015 / 2:55 PM

    OMG, Krystle, – you are an adventurer. Smart to do all this before really “settling” down. And lucky to have a partner who is willing to spend the time doing all this with you. I am envious!

    • July 5, 2015 / 11:12 AM

      Yes, I am very lucky he’s along for the ride. 🙂 He’s really laid-back so I get to do all the planning and budgeting and he’s good with enjoying the plans and itinerary I create! 😉 Hopefully when we decide to have kids we can take them on some great adventures as well! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Giselle.

  2. July 3, 2015 / 3:28 AM

    I always consider remote is where there is no airport, which Koh Tao is. Sounds so idyllic and beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing! 🙂
    ~Carl~

    • July 5, 2015 / 11:27 AM

      Thanks for stopping by, Carl. I’m hoping to hit a few more “remote” islands in my travels, hopefully this is just one of many. 🙂

  3. July 3, 2015 / 9:54 AM

    I love trying to find ‘remote’ although that is getting harder on the Thai islands! I’m heading to Koh Tao in August and cannot wait, I’ve not been before but everyone says its incredible!
    An island you might like for ‘remote’ is Koh Ngai…literally nothing except a few beach huts and some cocktails – perfection!
    Rebecca x

    • July 5, 2015 / 11:30 AM

      Rebecca,
      Let me know how you like Koh Tao. The diving there was really great. I completely agree about finding “remote” in Thailand anymore, but it sure is fun to try. 🙂 When we get back to Thailand I’ll check out Koh Ngai. Thanks!!

  4. July 4, 2015 / 2:03 PM

    That sounds very remote to me 🙂 wow, sounds inc redible!:) We are travelling to SE Asia next year, I’ll keep this island on the radar 🙂

    • July 5, 2015 / 11:31 AM

      Hey Kristina! That is so exciting you’re heading there next year. What countries are you planning to visit?

      • July 6, 2015 / 12:21 AM

        We’d love to see as many countries as we can in SE Asia 🙂 will start with Thailand 🙂 Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, Laos would be great 🙂

        • July 7, 2015 / 9:31 AM

          That sounds fabulous! I can’t wait to see all of your locations. 🙂

  5. July 5, 2015 / 6:57 PM

    Hi Krystle! Sounds like you know exactly what to do.I applaud you for doing this! It has taken me in my late 30’s to start these adventures but nonetheless better late then never! We have a lot of Thailand trips on the list coming up in this year and love to read about your explorations. Keep it up, girl!

    • July 7, 2015 / 9:32 AM

      You are so right, it’s better late than never. And a few adventures are better than no adventures. 🙂 Can’t wait to read about your Thailand trip. It really is an incredible country. I have a lot more to share over the next few weeks so stay tuned.

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